Intubations and deaths amongst those with Covid-19 remain high in Greece as retail shops opened around the country on Monday.
Tragically, 73 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which represents five fewer than those who died with the virus on Sunday.
The total number of patients being treated with intubation, which involves placing a tube down a patient’s throat to assist breathing, reached 759 in Greece on Monday.
This figure is ten more than the 749 patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the countryon Sunday.
Total of 1,866 cases recorded in Greece on Monday
Greece identified a total of 1,866 cases of the coronavirus on Monday.
The current figure marks 89 fewer instances of Covid-19 than the 1,955 cases diagnosed in the country on Sunday.
Just 16,332 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during the day, bringing the positivity rate to 11.42% in Greece.
Retail stores open across Greece
Retail shops in most parts of Greece reopened their doors to customers on Monday, as the government announced support measures for businesses that remain closed due the pandemic.
Last week Greece announced the easing of some restrictions in order to relieve widespread lockdown fatigue, allowing small retail shops to reopen using the so-called click away (curbside) or click inside method.
Excluded from the reopening were shops in the regions of Thessaloniki, Achaia and Kozani.
According to the joint ministerial decision, visits to the retail shops can only take place by appointment and after sending an SMS to the phone number 13032, while there is a three-hour window for completing one’s purchases.
Only one “non-essential” shopping trip per day is permitted.
783 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed Attica alone; 245 in Thessaloniki
Of the 1,866 coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 783 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
Instances of the virus were particularly high in the center of the city itself, where 184 cases of Covid-19 were identified Monday.
In Achaia, where the city of Patra is located, 112 cases of the virus were confirmed on Monday.
Tests showed that in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 245 cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
Record vaccine doses distributed in Greece Monday
A record 53,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were distributed in Greece on Monday, which breaks the previous record of 47,275 for daily vaccinations in the country.
In total, 1,877,000 doses of the inoculation against the virus have been given in Greece.
Greeks who have received the first dose alone now number 1,214,000, and 663,000 people in the country are completely vaccinated.
Total 277,277 coronavirus cases in Greece since the start of the pandemic
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 277,277 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the cases diagnosed in Greece in the past seven days, just 69 are associated with foreign travel and 2,935 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 759 patients intubated currently, 84.1% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 68.
On Monday alone, 438 people with the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in Greece.
Additionally, a total of 1,771 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 73 new deaths recorded on Monday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 8,453; 95.7% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues